Safeguarding

If you have a safeguarding concern that you would like to share, please contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Ann Lorek – details below.

The care, well being and safety of all people is of utmost importance to us. You can read our Parish Safeguarding Policy here, and our policy for responding to domestic abuse here. The ‘Code of Safer Working Practice’ that all staff and volunteers are expected to follow is here.

We are part of the Diocese of Southwark. We adhere to the diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding children and adults who may be vulnerable, which are set out in A Safe Church – available here.

The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement is available to read here.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Ann Lorek

Please do speak to Ann in person if you have any concerns, or contact her via the email address [email protected]org.uk or by phone 07823 790474. 

If you suspect that abuse of any kind is taking place, follow ‘the four Rs’:

RECOGNISE the signs that abuse is happening

RESPOND sensitively to the situation, watch and listen – don’t question or investigate

RECORD what you have seen or heard, and do so factually and accurately, using the language used by the person disclosing

REPORT your concerns immediately to our Parish Safeguarding Officer who will take the next steps as required

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers are:

Pamela Chisholm, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

020 7939 9423
07982 279713

Marie Daly, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

020 7939 9441
07946 255295

Louise Vernon, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

020 7939 9462
07946 255622

Other Resources

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Childline: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).

Modern Slavery and Explotation Helpline 08000 121 700 or report concerns online.